But as Sparhawk and his allies - who include Sephrenia, the ageless sorceress, and Flute, the strange and powerful girl-child - seek to save Ehlana and the land, they discover that the evil is even greater and more pervasive than they had feared.
Listen to another gem in David Edding's Elenium series.
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"[A] graceful, fluid style of storytelling." (Publishers Weekly)
"[Eddings] draws once more on his particular strengths, combining heroic yet humorous characters with exotic settings and tangled politics to create a fast-moving fantasy that will appeal to his large readership." (Library Journal)
All in all, i enjoyed this book. the narrator wasn't the best, but not bad either. i purchased the second book and i'm about half way through, so far so good.I am looking forward to listening to the 3rd book.
College student, Mom and Grandma.
This book was one that I couldn't be distracted with. You will miss key points if you are not paying attention. The book is very good, the characters are almost real. Can't wait to finish the next book. Will the princess be ok?
A Science Fiction fan since I could read.. and to a lesser degree Fantasy.... I however enjoy many types of books......
I've lost coun't how many time I've read this book. Now the pleasure of listening. David Eddings brings his stories to life, with love. Sit back & enjoy this rolcking tale... but beware this is only book one!!! David does love his cliff hangers!!!
All of Eddings' epic fantasy work is dated now. It seems clichéd and trite. It would never get published by today's standards. Thing is, though, this stuff became a cliché for a reason: these are powerful ingredients. Eddings uses them masterfully.
The worldbuilding here is perhaps not as immersive as his Belgariad/Mallorean series, but the story is more mature and revolves around a battered yet formidable knight instead of a Chosen One farm boy (this will be relevant to you if you, like me, are tired of the Chosen One trope).
The key to enjoying Tolkien is to use your classic ear, not your modern ear. Tolkien wouldn't get published today, either (hello, Tom Bombadil), and so many of his elements seem like clichés now, too (elves and dwarves, le sigh). If you listen to him like you do Jim Butcher, you'll get bored... but if you listen to him as a classic, an exemplar, you can see why his books are still being read. Same goes for Eddings.
Superb! Engaging! Terrific!
The character personalities and the smart dialogue
It was just flat overall, and not believable, often difficult to distinguish one character from the other if the name wasn't given. The emotions were not performed in alignment with the various moods and situations. My favorite part however was when Sparhawk and company visit Ashram (I think that's the name) the crazy, toothless, fanatical cult leader toward the end of the book- the performance of Ashram's voice sounded exactly like Jim Carey doing Fire Marshall Bill! Absolutely comical...
I love David Eddings- that's my only reaction
This should have never been released with this poor quality narration performance- not slamming the guy maybe he just needs more experience. Suggest that when handling rich fictional works like Eddings, test samples of at least one chapter be done for test audiences before slaughtering the whole book and no less the whole series- a real shame.
I read this book series in paperback several times over the year and it is a firm favourite of mine. I was delighted to find it in audible format. I am not as fond of the later Eddings books but is one has characters I like and I like the interaction between the characters.
I don't think I have one. It's the cast of strong characters and their interaction that keeps drawing me back to this book series.
Only if I had to because he was the only option and I wanted to hear the story. I found his accent off putting and some of his pronouncations weird.
It's an old friend I just love immersing myself in this world.
There was some low background conversation at times that I found very distracting. Not loud enough to ignore, but certainly very distracting.
Dark Shadows fanatic
Yes, I like the story and the characters.
mispronounces many words
Mr. Abby's voices for the characters are good, but he has a faulty grasp of the pronunciation of a number of words over two syllables. One is "impudent," of which he accents the "pu", and another is "ramshorn," which should be pronounced "rams-horn" and not "ram-shorn." This word occurs in the 2nd and 3rd books of the series, repeatedly.
I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone
on his return from exile, Sparhawk a Pandion Knight finds the newly appointed queen is deathly sick, the Preceptor of the order and his tutor of magic has joined with eleven others to entomb her in a case of magical diamond to preserve her life. the Primate Annias churchman of the city in blocking there every move to become the head of the whole church.
David Eddings strikes out with a new adventure, where magic can be learned by anyone but the race of Elene people so anti magic they get vicious, even its church does not believe in magic. but the four orders of the Knights of the Church has special permission to learn the magic of the Styrics.
to be able to change his magic to fit into this new world is amazing. it is so different from what he had before. I absolutely love the way he makes the quest important and with a set timeline.
feel free to start with this book the personalities are great and the Eddings do a great job of creating so many different cultures in a novel with each race having its quirks.
I first encountered this story in the early 1990's, and have re-read it many times. It remains one of my favorite fantasy series. Sparhawk's quest to find the cure to his queen's illness is filled with entertaining characters, sufficiently vile antagonists, and plenty of suspense. There are a few twists and turns to keep you guessing, as well.
Anyone who is familiar with the Belgariad will recognize specific roles (comic relief / older advisor / young rogue, etc.) It's sort of fun to analyze the characters in comparison to the other series, trying to pinpoint how they correlate. There's a lot of overlap. There's also plenty similarity in the larger, over-arcing storyline - simple human (Garion / Sparhawk), powerful artifact (Aldur's orb / Bhelliom), and evil God (Torak / Azash). Anyone who enjoyed Eddings' earlier series will likely also enjoy this one (and its sequel).
While the narrator did a reasonable job, it was not easy to distinguish between different characters' voices. This could make conversations rather hard to follow. My other complaint with the audio version has to do with pronunciations. Having such a familiarity with the book has a few drawbacks, especially when it comes to my internal pronunciation of names, places, and so on. I was constantly jarred by oddly accented words here, a strangely pronounced name there. I would estimate that a good 50% of the names in the book were said differently than I had imagined them. I don't claim to be an expert on how David Eddings intended things to be pronounced, but it made it more difficult for me to enjoy the book as much as I had hoped. Others will likely have a different experience, but if you are wary of things like this or have previously read the book, I recommend listening to the sample audio clip, to see if you like the narrator.
I've read this book series a few times and found the audio versions recently. I also have the Belgariad series on audio book (read by Cameron Byerly). It took some getting used to having another person read David Eddings stories. Greg Abby has a different reading style than what I got used to with the Belgariad series. However, once he got into the different characters it got much better. During The Diamond Throne, Mr. Abby was getting to know the characters and it took a while for the flow to happen where the characters didn't all sound the same. All in all a good narrator once he got comfortable.
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